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Food Technology looks at food preparation and processing, safety practices, food properties, ingredients used in food preparation, methods used, preparation in alternate settings and packaging. It has an Australian emphasis. Practical experience [obviously not included here] forms a significant component of this study.

This page covers information on all the above areas. It includes portals, courses, sites for specific resources, programs covering Australian cooking, chefs, cooking tools and tutorials and vegetarian information.

Information regarding Nutrition and Recipes is found on these pages.

General Information

Australian Foods & Cooking

  • Aussie Cooking
    Lots of recipes but other material as well including terminology, substitutes, more.
  • Australian Bush Food Forum
    Forum, gallery, blogs, Links, FAQs, more. Also information on Native medicines.
  • Australian Bushfoods Magazine
    News, recipes, resources, Indigenous, forum, archive, more.
  • Australian Cuisine
    background, breakfast, dinner, take-away food, iconic Australian foods, seafood, references, links. Wikipedia.
  • Australian Food and Drink
    Australia.gov.au. Aboriginal food sources, food for Australia’s early settlers, food for Australia’s explorers, multicultural influences, Bush Tucker, links, more.
  • Australian Food Blogs
    General listing and by state. Enough to cover all areas.
  • Bush Food Bibliography
    Part of a larger bibliography. Australian National Botanic Gardens.
  • Bush Food [Bush Tucker]
    From Indigenous Australia. Brief article with some examples.
  • Bush Foods of NSW
    Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney. ‘The Botanic Gardens Trust presents this plant information from a scientific and cultural viewpoint and strongly advises that plants should not be eaten unless purchased from a recognised bush food supplier. The tasting or testing of native plants as highlighted in these pages is not recommended by the Botanic Gardens Trust’.
  • Bush Tucker
    SGAP[Qld]. ‘In this section , we feature some of the Australian native plants that can be used as food. There are a great many plants that fit into this category. Some are quite delicious and some may be just barely palatable’.
  • Cherikoff Australian Ingredients
    Information for chefs, recipes, glossary, links, more.
  • CSIRO and Food Production
    Food production, healthy foods, food quality and safety, seafood, food processing, more.
  • Stoned Crow’s Great Australian BBQ
    Irreverent look at how to run a great barbecue [designed for backpackers !].

Chefs

  • Blanc, Raymond
    While there is a fair level of commercialism, there are recipes and other cooking matters.
  • Chefs Australia
    Watch mini-videos of Australian chefs cooking Australian foods and meals. You need to subscribe to YouTube to access these.
  • Delia Online
    Recipes, ingredients, cooking school, search engine allows you to enter ingredients then find a recipe, wine, general foods, other household goods, etc.. Techniques, questions, equipment, what’s in season [UK though], more.
  • Dupleix, Jill
    Advice and recipes from a young Australian chef now working in Europe, Contact her via the site. Have restaurant reviews if going to England.
  • Lawson, Nigella
    Official site of “The Domestic Goddess” of British television. Her books, recipes, news, the living kitchen, more.
  • Mietta’s - Great Australian Chefs
    Chefs and their work, from Tony Bilson to Jaques Reymond. Browse through restaurant guides, more.
  • Solomon, Charmaine
    ‘Internationally acclaimed best selling cookery author Charmaine Solomon invites you into her virtual kitchen. Known and loved throughout Australia for magazine and newspaper columns, TV appearances and cookery demonstrations and classes over the decades, the rest of the world is getting to know and love her for her cookery books’.

Cooking Blogs

  • Food Blog Search
    ‘Search for recipes in more than 3 000 fabulous food blogs !’
  • Photograzing
    A blog full of recipes. Select and click on the image, then follow the instructions.
  • Tastespotting
    Operates in the same fashion as the Photograzing Blog above.

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Cooking Tools

Cooking Courses

  • CookandStay
    Find cooking classes around Australia catering for many styles, different periods, all levels of proficiency. Good starting point.
  • Sydney Fish Markets

Cooking Tools

Cook Books & Texts

  • Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbooks
    ‘Standard cookbooks from The Australian Women’s Weekly are available in a comprehensive range of titles. Cuisines from around the globe, books with a focus on health and dietary issues, those that feature recipes based on a common ingredient, every other subject imaginable’. Also access their Mini and Maxi Cookbooks from the same site.
  • Boomerang Books
    Grouped under topic headings from General Cookery to Preserving & Freezing.
  • Cookbooks.com.au
    Multiple categories, discounts to club members, more.
  • Cooking-With-Us
    ‘Come and find several E-books related to cooking that you may take and download for free’.
  • Cook’s Tools
    Glossary, cooking terms, substitutions, liquid & solid measurements, temperature conversion, can sizes, more.
  • Free Cookbooks
    If you are looking for cookbooks from past years then this is definitely the site. There is a good selection from back into the 19th century. These are both general and from specific areas and styles.
  • Free-Ebooks-Canada
    A selection of free ebooks in PDF format for you to download.
  • MemoWare
    A listing of books available in different formats, many for PDAs. Each is rated up to 5 stars.
  • The Cook’s Thesaurus
    Information and visuals for thousands of ingredients, tools for the kitchen. Items broken into categories for easier access.
  • The Food Lovers’ Cookbook Collection
    ‘Assembled to help guide you through the maze of wonderful food writing that is now flooding the market. Some is recent writing, some almost two hundred years old’.
  • The New Food Lover’s Companion
    Sharon Tyler Herbst, Ron Herbst. ‘The New Food Lover’s Companion is a reference guide - not a cookbook - but it includes hundreds of cooking tips plus an extensive bibliography of recommended cookbooks and other food-related literature’. Fee-based.
  • Vegan Cookbooks
    Two cook books are offered, both in PDF format. Details of both are provided for you to read before downloading.

Cooking Techniques

  • A Guide to Cooking Techniques
    ‘Aimed to give you explanations and tips on the most commonly used cooking techniques. Boiling and blanching to whipping, stewing, grilling, sauté, freezing, roasting, poaching, more. Whether you are a novice in the kitchen or an experienced cook, this guide will be useful, because learning never stops’. Listed alphabetically.
  • Cooking 101
    ‘Cooking and baking, like any other discipline, have their own language and specific rules. You need to know how to read a recipe, how to measure, doneness tests, steps to take when cooking chicken under the broiler, baking chocolate cakes’. About.com.
  • How To Cook [Reluctant Gourmet]
    ‘Once you learn how to handle these fundamental techniques, you will be able to handle most recipes. Cooking is not just about recipes, it is about how to take ingredients and make them taste as good as possible’.
  • Learn To Bake
    Bakers’ Corner. Multiple sections provide the Baking Basics, Baking Ingredients, Baking Utensils, Dietary Requirements and Healthy baking. There area also articles, special recipes and much more.

Videos

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General Information

  • 30 Day Gourmet’s Freezer Cooking Online Manual
    If you are into pre-preparation and freezing, even to lunches for children, then you need to check this site. While commercial, it provides information and ideas.
  • BBC - Food
    Well known chefs can be accessed, there are recipes, special features, BBC programs, Ingredients glossary, Kid’s section, Ask a Chef, healthy eating, Back to Basics, Cooking Techniques videos, more. BBC site.
    Brilliant !
  • BBC GCSE Bitesize
    A series of topics in the Food Technology area. For senior students. Each topic has both revision and a test.
  • CAN
    Click on “Education” in the left menu for information about the history of canning, can manufacture, how food is canned, health & nutrition, quality assurance, recycling.
  • Cold Storage Chart
    Find how long you can keep a range of foods safely under refrigeration or by freezing them. This is part of a Fact Sheet on “Basics for Handling Food Safely”.
  • Cooking Light
    Recipes, Cooking 101, menus, magazine, more. All for healthy cooking.
  • Cook It Quick
    ‘We invite you to partake of the following Menu Items to help you prepare healthy foods in a hurry. Consider this a buffet : Help yourself as desired’. Healthy food in a flash.
  • Culinary Media Network
    ‘We travel the planet exploring culture, history and tradition via the plate to learn the passion behind the flavours that excite us. Our audio & video programs, recipes, articles and interviews showcase the best of what we’ve discovered in an unending quest to fulfil our food desires’. Now entitled The Gilded Fork, home of … .
  • Department of Food Science & Technology
    University of NSW. Linked to Food Science Programs and Courses.
  • Edible Insects
    When everything else fails, this is what is left. Surprisingly, some may not be as bad as they sound.
  • Food Forum
    ‘Food is everybody’s business and deserves a key position in every young person’s education. The links between food, diet, health and well-being are indisputable. FoodForum’s aim is also to encourage critical users and consumers of food’. UK based. Specific areas that could be of value include :
  • Curriculum Matters
    ‘This section provides guidance on teaching and learning principles, working within a national curriculum framework, making curriculum links, planning a successful food curriculum, assessing achievement and monitoring the quality of teaching and learning’. Includes templates and resources.
  • Food In-sites
    ‘Food in-sites has been developed to give you the low-down on what else is out there on the web. We do the slog for you by evaluating food sites and giving them a score so you don’t waste your time’ Listed alphabetically.
  • The F-Files
    ‘The F-files provide a bank of teaching and learning materials. These are produced as case studies and provide actual examples from the food industry’.
  • Animal, Food and Health Sciences
    CSIRO. Information, news, multimedia, other areas related to food, scientific groups such as The Australian Institute of Food Science Technology.
  • Food Technology
    ‘The following resources have been developed to support Stage 5 Food Technology’. Digital Education Revolution, Department of Education & Training, NSW.
  • FOODWISE
    ‘‘FoodWise’ is Do Something’s national campaign to reduce the environmental impact of Australia’s food consumption. We want Australians to become more educated and informed about the food that they eat. In short we want Australians to become FoodWise. Do Something’s FoodWise web site gives you practical advice and information on what you can do to solve the problem’.
  • Home Economics Victoria
    Curriculum information, Education Projects, Publications, Events Calendar, Workshops & Courses, more.
  • Low-Budget Meals Online
    Recipes, Reviews, Cooking Tips. ‘Dedicated to those who would like to eat like king but have the budget of a starving student’. Recipes, FAQs, tips.
  • Safety Advice for Technology Teachers
    These include the Food Technology area though some topics relate to multiple/other Technology areas. These are from NSW, but would be similar in other states/territories. Specific pages include :
  • SBS Food
    Programs, recipes, blogs, videos, Ask The Chef, suppliers, in season foods, food art, more.
  • Science of Cooking
    Links cooking and science. Covers nutrition as well.
  • Shahiya.com
    ‘Interactive Arabic and English food site with recipes from the Arab world, restaurants in Arab cities, and nutritional advice from Carole Hani [Registered Dietitian]. Find and share what you are looking for on Shahiya.com’.
  • Spices Exhibit
    Background information about a spices used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. In addition to individual information there is information on general topics of interest related to spices and their different uses.
  • Taste
    While dominantly a recipe collection, there is other information including news, features, glossary, forums, … .
  • The Cook and the Chef
    ‘Come with Maggie and Simon on their adventure through Australian culinary history. He might be a chef and she might insist on calling herself a cook, but together they are a celebration of Australian food’.
  • The Natural Kitchen
    Look to use natural things rather than something that has been processed beyond recognition.
  • The Sweet Science of Chocolate
    Chocolate gets the science treatment. From history to nutrition.

Vegetarian Cooking

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